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Ajax's 2-3-5 'Inverted Pyramid' Formation Is The Definition Of Fearless Football

Ajax's 2-3-5 'Inverted Pyramid' Formation Is The Definition Of Fearless Football

The great Johan Cruyff always encouraged the game of football to be played without fear.

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It's clear that his influence has come to the fore under current Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, a man that has revolutionised and revitalised this famous Dutch side since his appointment in late 2017.

Ten Hag's tactics are clear; high press, possession play and risk taking.

These are just three key elements of his beliefs, but then you've got his attacking full-backs who aren't afraid to push forward to provide further attacking options.

There are so many elements to this youthful, but composed team.

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In Tuesday night's game against Spurs - just like they did against Juventus in the previous round - Ajax persisted with the inverted pyramid while in possession.

This is a compact formation that allows the team to counter and defend in equal measure.

Of course, ten Hag's outlook is similar to Pep Guardiola's, but we can't help but admire this unique style of play.


Ten Hag's use of Frenkie de Jong, a versatile player who mops up the lines between defense and midfield, is also vital in his plans.

While Matthis de Ligt and Daley Blind are seasoned ball-playing centre-backs, bringing more creative players into play.

Barcelona are certainly getting themselves a talent in the 21-year-old De Jong, who dominated from the get go, while de Ligt has also been linked with a move to the Camp Nou.

Do you think this Ajax team will reach the Champions League final?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Nico Pedrucci/Twitter

Topics: Spurs, Football News, Football, Ajax, tactics

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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